Remarks With Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
May 19, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Foreign Minister Nalbandian and I have met many times and it is once again a delight to welcome him to the State Department. The United States and Armenia have many connections and relationships that span politics and go into family and so much else that is very important to us. And we have many, many important issues ahead of us, and I look forward to continuing the important conversation that we’ve been carrying out.

So welcome, Foreign Minister.

FOREIGN MINISTER NALBANDIAN: Thank you. Thank you very much, Madam Secretary, for a very warm welcome. I’m very glad to be in Washington and to meet with you again. The frequency of our meetings proves our commitment to deepen and to strengthen Armenian-American relations. Due to our joint efforts, we elevated our relationship to a qualitatively new level during the last years, and I would like to thank you very much, Madam Secretary, for your contribution, for your efforts, for your engagement. I am sure that this meeting will be another occasion to enhance our friendly partnership between United States and Armenia. Thank you again.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, my friend. Thank you.



PRN: 2011/800